There was a special meeting of the Bangor City Council Monday night.Councilors voted to spend nearly $800,000 to get final site plans for the proposed Bangor arena.The planned arena would cost around 65 million dollars.A price tag that has some people worried that some of that expense will land on tax payers backs.Some citizens have rallied together in hopes of putting together a petition which would order a referendum allowing the citizens to vote on the matter.If a referendum did occur and voters put a halt to the arena plans, not all of the $800,000 voted to spend on Monday would be lost.For the referendum to go through, the petition would have to get over 2,200 signatures by January 14th.
Sappi Fine Paper has completed $49-million worth of improvements to its mill in Skowhegan.Sappi says the projects included eighteen improvements to better the mill’s manufacturing capabilities.According to Sappi officials, the upgrades have led to increased pulp production, improved energy efficiency and fewer carbon emissions.Sappi’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan employs about 800 workers.
Maine’s Campaign Ethics Panel is seeking a $200 fine against one of the authors of a website that targeted independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler.The ethics commission has voted to fine an unnamed person for violating campaign disclosure laws.A website called “The Cutler Files” was highly critical of Cutler, who finished second behind republican Paul LePage in last month’s election.
A Beals woman arrested in connection with a robbery attempt that turned deadly is free on bail tonight.Ashley Crowley, 23, posted bail over the weekend after being arrested and charged with robbery and burglary.Her arrest followed an investigation into a shooting outside a house in Eastbrook last week.Police say Crowley lured the homeowner outside by saying there had been a car wreck nearby.The homeowner says he shot Nicholas Richards, 23, after being attacked.Crowley is charged with robbery in connection with that incident.She’s also accused of breaking in to a home in Brooklin and another in Sedgwick earlier this month.
A local business is helping those in need prepare for the Maine winter.Lamey Wellehan employees and customers collected about 700 pairs of gently used footwear for the United Way of Eastern Maine partners.Monday, all those shoes were delivered to several United Way partners around Bangor including Penquis, Shaw House, Waldo CAP, and Washington Hancock Community Agency.The 6 Lamey Wellehan branches will continue to collect new and slightly worn shoes throughout the year, so you can stop by anytime and drop off your donation.
A man from Augusta has been charged with arson in connection with a fire last January that heavily damaged a house he owned.The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 62-year-old Alan Crocker was arrested Monday at an apartment he’s been staying at since the fire.Crocker was indicted by a grand jury last week on two counts of arson.
Fire crews in Bangor were returning from a chimney fire and approaching a shift change just before eight this morning, when word came in of another fire, this one in an apartment building on Center Street.Firefighters arrived in just minutes, but it was a scary wake up call for the eleven tenants of the five apartments, who are now without a place to call home.”We heard somebody run up the back stairwell saying they needed to call the fire department,” said Bill Watson who lived in an apartment near the front of the house on the second floor.
Bangor International Airport’s passenger traffic was on a roll for the third month in a row.According to Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, November passenger traffic was up 37% for the month compared to last November.Hupp says this is the best November since 2005 and the third best November in the last ten years.